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Senior Treyton Hippen poses with one of his German Wirehair Pointers. Hippen started his business when he was in eighth grade.

LEWISTON -- A local student is a finalist in the Nebraska FFA Small Animal Proficiency award.

Treyton Hippen, a senior at Lewiston Consolidated Schools, raises and sells German Wirehair Pointers.

Hippen’s dogs have been purchased from people living as far as New York, Washington and Texas.

“In the past three years I’ve sold to over 25 different states,” Hippen said.

“I’ve actually had a couple litters where I didn’t have a single one stay in Nebraska,” Hippen said. “Very rarely do they stay in Nebraska.”

Hippen said most people drive or fly to retrieve the dogs, but he’s traveled to deliver them as well.

Hippen decided to raise German Wirehair Pointers because his family had them when he was growing up. He started his business, Cedar Ridge Wirehairs, in eighth grade. Hippen has taken care of three to four litters a year.

“I feed them and clean out kennels morning and night,” Hippen said. “Whenever they have pups I have to go out there every hour and check them.”

Hippen said his school lets him go home every couple hours to check on the dogs.

Hippen plans to continue breeding wirehair pointers as a career, and is excited about the proficiency award.

“I’ve been putting in for it for three or four years now, so it’d be nice to finally win it,” Hippen said.

Hippen will be interviewed for the award at the Nebraska FFA State Convention in Lincoln on April 4.

More information about Cedar Ridge Wirehairs can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/cedarridgewirehairs/home.

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